The Aspen Valley Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k event will start at 7 am at Wagner Park in Aspen on Saturday July 7th, 2012 and follow the Beautiful Rio Grande Trail to Emma where athletes will cross Hwy 82 by the underpass and then run back into Basalt on the Town Trail. It is proposed (subject to permit) to start the Half at 8 am above Woody Creek this year (to avoid the initial climb out of Wilton Jaffee Snr. Park from the 2010 Half). A shuttle service will be provided to take Athletes from the Intercept Lot to the start of the Half in Woody Creek. Race numbers and waivers can be collected/signed on Thursday the 5th July from 5 to 7 pm at the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen or on Friday the 6th July from 5 to 7 pm from Independence Run & Hike in Carbondale. The organizers can transport 1 small sports bag per participant from the Start Areas to the finish area at the Lions Park in Basalt. The 5k will start in Basalt at 10am. There will be an event at the Lions Park with food, music and presentation of prizes at a 1pm after the Races.
The course profile has a significant elevation drop of some 1,400 feet, though this downhill profile may not seem so obvious over the 26 Mile Course. The event has applied to USATF to sanction the events again this year and it is anticipated that the Aspen Valley Marathon will be a “Boston Qualifying” Race.
Additionally, Fifty States HALF Marathon Club www.halfmarathonclub.com official members are eligible for a nice discount to the Aspen Valley event.